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Lighting and Grip Bootcamp with Joao Holowka & Francois Balcaen

August 24, 2019 - August 25, 2019

8:00am – 5:00pm

Registration Fee: $90  

Location: William F. White – 2073 Logan Ave. Unit #11  

About the workshop Film Training Manitoba is pleased to present this 2-day workshop for those interested in learning more about working in the Lighting and Grip Departments. Through hands-on practical exercises, participants will learn how to scout and rig locations, manipulate the existing lights and create an acceptable exposure and color balance. This is an entry-level course that will introduce participants to professional lighting equipment and basic grip gear.   Topics will include:
  • An overview of the basic gear used by each department.
  • Fundamentals of cabling and power distribution.
  • Manipulating natural and available light.
  • Introduction to rigging.
  • Reviewing how the equipment works together.
  • Introduction to Condor Mounts/Candlesticks. 
  The Instructors JOÃO HOLOWKA & FRANCOIS BALCAEN are both Manitoba-based film professionals who have worked in the Lighting and Grip departments. João has worked as a Gaffer, Lighting Technician, and mentor to many lighting interns. His film credits include: ATM, Goon, You Kill Me, andMy Winnipeg. Francois has been working in film in Winnipeg and Toronto for the past 24 years and has been a Key Grip since 1996. He has worked on such feature projects as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert FordThe Haunting in ConnecticutThe LookoutNew in Town, and The Lazarus Project.   Film Training Manitoba is committed to creating an inclusive and healthy workplace where participants, instructors, and staff are treated with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate any forms of harassment and reserve the right to remove any patron creating an unsafe environment. *************************************************************************************************************************   Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours.
  • We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.
  Course Registration Registration can be done in one of two ways: In Person– Cash, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. Our offices are located at 300 – 245 McDermot Ave, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. By Phone– VISA and MasterCard only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669. *We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.   Cancellation Policy
  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.
  Breaks and refreshments Lunch will be provided   Please bring your own water bottle / coffee thermos to reduce waste. João Holowka João Holowka João has worked as a Gaffer, Lighting Technician, and mentor to many lighting interns. His film credits include: ATM, Goon, You Kill Me, and My Winnipeg.


August 24, 2019
August 25, 2019